Reginald watched the two with interest while he pondered what they were thinking. Who was he kidding, it’s absolutely clear what they were thinking, lol. They fancy each other. Well great news then.
‘This is interesting’ he thought. ‘Something told me to introduce Robert to my new friend. Hmm….maybe I’ll make up an excuse that I have to get going and leave Robert to entertain Ms Eliza.’
He smiled at them. “Robert, do be a good fellow, keep Ms. Eliza company and show her a good time for me, will you now? I have to go see Mr. Collins over there…” He turned to leave.
Robert barely looked up, he seemed frozen in place with his lips on Eliza’s hand while he stared up at her. She smiled bashfully at him and looked away momentarily while she felt like a deer in headlights. She looked back at him and he kissed her hand again slowly and returned to his normal posture, but he did not let go of her hand.
“Well, dearest, most beautiful Eliza, it looks like you’ve just gotten me out of my shift and I get to enjoy the party with you now!” He leaned in closer to her and whispered in her ear “Let’s just go tell Max that he’s in charge now and to keep an eye on things, shall we?”
She smiled back at him and produced a tiny curtsy. “Lead the way, kind sir.”
He lead her across the room holding her hand until they reached the large bar at the back of the room where he motioned to her to wait. He walked around the bar and went to talk to a man in the corner. He turned to look at her and smiled and nodded at her new escort for the evening. Robert turned away and waved, and grabbed his dark blue jacket off the hook as he walked back to the end of the bar where she sipped her drink awaiting him. He put on his coat, which looked stunning with his blue bowtie, crisp white shirt and mask
He wrapped his arm around her and leaned in to speak “Ok, now that that’s taken care of, I’m officially off for the evening.” Another bartender came around the bar and handed Robert a drink. He was handed the same drink as her, it was Reginald’s signature cocktail for the evening the Masked Angel.
He thanked the man, took a big sip of his drink and turned back to her. “Well, now what would you like to do?” he asked.
She smiled at him and giggled, she was feeling happily buzzed “Oh, i don’t know…I was having a good time just being here!”
He stood there sipping his drink while looking thoughtful. “Well lets go over and have a seat for a minute and chat. We can finish our drinks. I think the dance is starting soon!”
He lead her to a lush seating area with dark blue overstuffed couches and arm chairs. He sat her down on the couch and turned towards her. She leaned back and smiled. This is SUCH a lovely evening, she thought to herself. They made small talk and she found herself giggling and reaching out to touch him. He laughed and placed his hand on her thigh affectionately and put his arm up on the couch.
He leaned into her and whispered in her ear and “Do you think Reginald did this on purpose? I think he set us up.” He said with a sparkle in his eye and grinned. She let back her head and laughed heartily.
“Oh I think he DEFINITELY did set us up. I wonder if he decided that as soon as he approached me when I walked in, or if it happened by accident.” she smirked.
“Knowing Reg, he probably saw you alone and it was like he was the cat that caught the mouse! He’s so funny, he’s really a dear friend. I’m grateful to him for introducing us.”
She closed her eyes happily and smiled and then looked at him “I too, am eternally grateful to him.”
Just then there was a booming grandiose voice over the loudspeakers “Welcome to our 10th annual masquerade ball!!! If all escorts would please lead their partners to the dance floor, the fun is about to begin!!!”
Everyone started to get up and move into the ballroom. Robert stood and reached out his hand to her “Shall we?”
She put down her glass, placed her hand in his and stood up. “Lets do this!” she said and he lead her across the room the the grandiose set of elaborate golden doors that stood open. People all filtered into the room and filled the giant ballroom with laughter and talking. They were all gathered in groups and mingling, everyone was smiling and having a fantastic time.
The music began, the first song to play was not classical ballroom music as she had expected but an older 90s version of ‘Cant Help Falling In Love’ by UB40. He spun her around and back into his arms and they swayed to the music. She smiled and laughed, the atmosphere and her escort were perfectly enchanting. Robert gazed into her eyes and they lit up as if from within, crackling lightning seemed to be sparkling through his gorgeous blue eyes and she couldn’t help but stare in wonder. She had never seen such a thing happen before, she tilted her head to the side and her face looked awe struck.
His face dropped immediately and he looked concerned, he pulled back from her slightly “What happened, is everything ok?”
She raised her eyebrows and shook her head “Yes, yes of course Robert. It’s just that I’ve never seen such beautiful eyes before, it just looked like there was light coming from within your eyes! It was amazing!”
He took her back in his arms and smiled, she wrapped her arms around his neck and he pulled her in closer. “I don’t know, I’ve never felt this way before. There’s just something about you, it’s hard to put words to it.”
She smiled up at him and knew she was going to fall in love with this man. He leaned his face in, and brushed his lips against hers, testing if he should kiss her.
It was right at this very moment that gunshots exploded through the castle and reverberated off the walls. The sound was deafening. Everyone screamed and fell to the floor, cowering from the incoming onslaught. Robert grabbed her and pushed her to the floor and covered her while he looked up to see where the gunshots had come from.
At least twenty men in black tactical gear came striding into the room holding up their assault rifles and let loose some shots into the ceiling. Bits of plaster and dust came raining down on everyone and there was screaming and crying from the guests.
Robert looked up at the men and his eyes burned with glowing blue fire.
This is not going to end well for you, he thought.